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Nick Richards tied a Calipari-Era high tonight

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

One of the few bright spots for Kentucky tonight was Nick Richards’ performance on the boards. The sophomore had 19 rebounds, which ties Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the most in a single game in the Calipari era. He also had eight points and three blocks.

“We need Nick on the court,” John Calipari said afterwards. “I knew after Duke, when they shot layup, layup, layup, you’ve got to have a shot blocker in there. We need him on the floor. I thought EJ played well too, by the way. The three blocks, and EJ got two, that’s five blocks. That’s five blocks. That changes — now you’re not going in there to shoot layups. I thought we collapsed on defense better.

“Nick gives us something we don’t have. Now, he should have had about ten more points. He faded away on shots. There’s still that stuff, fumbled a couple balls, one-handed caught a couple of balls, but if he’ll fight and go after balls and block shots, we can deal with the rest of it. He was good. I was happy for him. I was worried. The exhibition games and even the last game, you worry. You want every kid to play well.”

According to analytics, Richards was the best player on the court tonight, with a team-high efficiency of 22 and +/- of 14. As Calipari said, the Cats were simply better when he was on the floor.


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6 Comments for Nick Richards tied a Calipari-Era high tonight

  1. kjd
    10:17 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

    Do it against North Carolina.

    • Aar
      10:54 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

      He has plenty of games (and practices) to get better before he has to worry about that. So do his teammates.

  2. syrin23
    11:15 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

    Man oh man, he needs to work on finishing plays in close. If he did that tonight he could have had ten more points. This has to help his confidence.

  3. TheAssman
    12:33 am November 10, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not wanting to be negative…but either Nick gets 19 rebounds or he gets hit in the head with the b ball….which is usually a flip of the coin. Guess you gotta’ look for positives where you can get them…..losing faith.

    • Cat68
      7:39 am November 10, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, it seemed for about every third rebound he got, there was an additional play that made me think how terribly difficult it is to watch his game.

  4. zoupman
    10:10 am November 10, 2018 Permalink

    It’s going to be fun watch these guys improve as a team and come together.